A Survival Toolkit: Open Government in Restrictive Political Environments

10:30 - 11:50
Room 201, Shaw Centre

Democracies are witnessing unprecedented challenges in terms of the trust in public institutions, rule of law or respect for civic space and human rights. Hybrid or semi autocratic regimes often maintain democratic institutions but do their best to empty them out. We will share our experiences in coping with uncertain socio-political contexts, veering into a discussion on the "survival toolkit" - strategies for civil society and civic tech in working in restrictive environments, including where a change of government brings with it a different attitude to open government, but channels for cooperation and advocacy are not yet explored. We will share experiences and success stories and aim to foster future collaboration among stakeholders from around the globe. We want participants to leave the session with fresh ideas and inspiration for their future activities.

Theme: Open track

Livestream: No

Open to media: Yes

Organizers: Twaweza, K-Monitor, ePaństwo Foundation

Languages available: English, French

Event type: Fishbowl


Risha Chande: Director of Engagement and Advocacy, Twaweza, Tanzania, Sandor Lederer: Director, K-Monitor, Hungary, Krzysztof Izdebski: Policy Director, ePaństwo Foundation, Poland

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